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Interview with Hitler`s pilot Hans Baur in Wayland Baptist University archives
For students at Wayland Baptist University, WWII has become more personal thanks to a donation of a recorded interview with Hans Baur, the personal pilot of Adolf Hitler. Recorded by Command Sgt. Maj. James T. Hilyer in 1984, the interview came to Wayland nearly 30 years later. The interview consisted of four tapes recorded in a single interview session. Baur, who flew successful missions for the German military in WWI, became Hitler`s personal pilot prior to the beginning of WWII. Baur was bunkered with Hitler when the Nazi leader committed suicide in 1945. He lived and traveled with Hitler, and never waivered from thinking that Hitler would someday be recognized as a great man. After Hitler`s suicide, Baur was captured by Russian troops and spent many years in a Russian prison being tortured.
(myplainview.com)

Conflict-Series: A highly rated strategy game series for Android
If you love classic PC war games and legendary strategy board games make sure to check out the highly rated Conflict-series for Android. Some of the WWII Campaigns include D-Day 1944, Operation Barbarossa, Invasion of Poland 1939, France 1940, Kursk 1943, Market Garden, Iwo Jima, Okinawa, Rommel's North African campaign, the Battle of Bulge, and the Battle of Berlin 1945. In addition there are American Civil War, First World War and American Revolutionary War scenarios available.
(available on Google Play & Amazon App Store)

Exclusive Interview of Mossad agent Rafael Eitan: How Adolf Eichmann Was Caught
It was back in 1960 that Adolf Eichmann, one of the top Nazi leaders and architects of the Final Solution to exterminate the Jewish people was caught in Argentina. The commander of the secret mission was Rafael Eitan. Israel National Radio`s Walter`s World conducted an exclusive interview with Eitan as part of a special broadcast on Israel`s Mossad and secret service.
(israelnationalnews.com)

Wehrmacht and Luftwaffe no better than SS: Secretly taped conversations reveal how troops killed innocent civilians for fun
Confessions of PoWs captured by the British have laid bare the brutality of "ordinary" German soldiers, showing how the honour of the Wehrmacht was lost amid the frenzy to be "perfect, pitiless Nazis". In the interrogation transcripts, the German soldiers speak of the "fun" and "pure enjoyment" of killing civilians. Historians Soenke Neitzel and Harald Welzer have used the interrogations of 13,000 German military POWs as the basis of "Soldiers: Diaries Of Fighting, Killing and Dying". The 150,000 sides of transcripts, from 1940 to 1945, reveal how the Wehrmacht and the Luftwaffe were little better than the S.S., the book concludes.

One Luftwaffe pilot: "When we were in low-altitude flight over the roads, if [civilian] cars came to meet us, we kept the headlight on. That made the drivers think that there was oncoming traffic. Then we let rip with the cannon. It was a great success, beautiful, enormous, fantastic fun!"

(dailymail.co.uk)

850 books about the Third Reich emerged in 2010 (Listen 30-minute BBC podcast: Nazi Gold - Publishing the Third Reich)
If you want your book to sell well, how about putting a swastika on the front cover. An impressive 850 books about the Third Reich were published in 2010, up from 350 in the year 2000. The ceaseless success of books about the Nazis includes fiction, non-fiction and science fiction. Topics seem to cover everything: the occult and the Nazis, Nazi weaponry, Nazi doctors, the history of SS uniforms, SS staff cars, the exploitation of Nazi scientific discoveries by America, adventures with the Panzer Division, SS recruitment and propaganda.

Direct link to the 30-minute BBC podcast: Nazi Gold - Publishing the Third Reich.

(bbc.co.uk)

Interview with Russian Historian: In the Eyes of the Majority, Stalin Is a Winner
Russian historian Nikolai Svanidze explains the reasons for Stalin`s popularity in Russia: "Stalin is a winner in the eyes of a majority... Not only do we associate the victory over Hitler with Stalin, but also those of the Soviet Union`s successes: industrialization, becoming a superpower, the predictability of daily life. Negative things have been forgotten... Hitler lost the war... Germans see him as a seducer who led their country into a catastrophe. Those who seek to justify Hitler say that he eliminated unemployment, reduced crime, built highways and unified the nation. Very similar things can be said about Stalin."
(spiegel.de)

Martin Sandberger: For years the highest ranking SS member alive, who lived in Germany undisturbed
He was a model pupil of SS leader Heinrich Himmler and a Nazi officer on the front lines of the Holocaust, sentenced to death by hanging by a US military court - but with the help of powerful friends he walked free. For decades Martin Sandberger - the highest ranking member of the SS alive - lived in Germany undisturbed. Shortly before his death he granted his last and only interview. Historian Michael Wildt depicts Sandberger as a poster child of the elite, academically trained type of perpetrator who, acting on orders from the Reich Security Head Office (RSHA), set up mass murder in the east.
(spiegel.de)

GI stenographer Robert J. Hutchings worked with the leading WWII figures
Lt. Col. Dan Gilmer "hired" me and only 3 weeks later I was in Grosvenor Square, London. This was the beginning of Allied Force Headquarters. My first task was typing a list of vessels that were to participate in the invasion of North Africa. I felt important as heck! The buttons really began popping when I realized that I was working with Brig. Gen. Walter B. Smith, chief of staff to Dwight D. Eisenhower, commander of Allied Force Headquarters. ... In Jan. 1943, Maj. Burgess secretly told me to pack my things. I said, "Where are we going?" And he said, "I can`t tell you." It was the Casablanca Conference.
(mcall.com)

Former professor collects World War II oral histories   (Article no longer available from the original source)
As a young woman Marilyn Culpepper lived through World War II. Now she relived it one story at a time. She interviewed soldiers about bloody battles and the camaraderie that comes from being under fire. The result is "Never Will We Forget: Oral Histories of World War II." The book is one part of a national drive to record the tales of soldiers and the home front before it is too late. Oral histories offer a personal look at the war, explained Robin Sellers, director of the Reichelt Oral History Program at Florida State University. It has 1,600 WW2 recorded oral histories and transcripts on file.
(chicagotribune)

Interview: German Officer Siegfried Knappe survived the Battle of Berlin
Berlin was a stout place for a fight. It was large, modern and well-planned, which had allowed it to remain less damaged than other cities. Wide avenues served as killing zones against Soviet tanks and infantry. Many of the defenders were fighting in the hope that they could hold the Soviets long enough for the Western armies to occupy Berlin. (Q) You went into Adolf Hitler`s bunker a number of times. Initially, the guards took away your pistol, but toward the end they stopped... you had the opportunity to shoot Hitler, and while you thought about it you decided not to. Could you elaborate on that?
(historynet)

War stories to make you weep: Their Darkest Hour by Laurence Rees
During the past 2 decades Laurence Rees has been filming interviews with WWII survivors. From these he has chosen to write 35 peculiarly horrifying experiences. Many German soldiers saw the Red Army as cannon fodder, at least until Stalingrad. And many American GIs regarded Japaneseas inhuman yellow-bellies. It made it easier for lawyer James Eagleton, to muse with pride that in his 2 years of fighting the Japanese he never saw a Japanese taken prisoner: they were always shot dead as they came out to surrender. Panzer officer Wolfgang Horn laughed as he recalled the joy of killing Red Army soldiers: "They are cowards; they didn`t deserve better anyhow!"
(dailymail.co.uk)

Last Living Aide - Interview with Hitler`s bodyguard Rochus Misch
The last living member of Hitler`s entourage, Rochus Misch, SS bodyguard and fuehrerbunker telephone operator, is publishing a book about his time with the Führer. "He wasn`t a monster, he wasn`t an Übermensch..." Hanna Reitsch wanted to fly the Goebbels` 6 children out of Berlin. Misch says Goebbels wanted to rescue the children but that his wife Magda had them all killed out of loyalty to Hitler. He recalls seeing Eva Braun sitting dead in the corner of the sofa. On May 2, 1945 Goebbels dismissed him: "We knew how to live, we will also know how to die." Misch said farewell to Johannes Hentschel (who stayed in the bunker), and left the bunker through a cellar window.
(spiegel)

Interview with Bataan survivor Clifford Martinez   (Article no longer available from the original source)
(Q) What did you think about MacArthur when he left? (A) Very few of us thought a hell of a lot about it. We thought he should have stayed there. Of course, now I look back on it now and he did the right thing. (Q) Did you feel like you were being abandoned? (A) Yeah. Yeah. Oh hell, you better believe it. We`d sit there and think and that...depressed, oh very depressed. And the rations on Corregidor got down, they wound up eating the damn quarter master mules. And sea rations ran out. Ammo was low. And I noticed on Bataan we`d throw a hand grenade or something, the damn things would get thrown back. Old World War I stuff.
(lcsun-news)

2005 interview of Hilde Schramm - The daughter of Albert Speer
Hilde Schramm spent 20 years writing to her father Albert Speer in jail in an attempt to understand his Nazi past. Here she tells how it feels to be the daughter of Albert Speer. Hilde Schramm was the second oldest of Albert and Margret Speer`s six children. The family often stayed in Berghof, Obersalzberg, where Hitler and other prominent Nazi officials, such as Martin Bormann and Hermann Goering, had their country cottages. The book "His Battle With Truth" shows a photograph from 1943, of Hitler`s birthday at Berghof, where the führer stands surrounded by the children. By his side, holding his left hand, stands a radiantly happy Hilde.
(guardian)

Interview with World War II Panzerman from 2nd Panzer Division
Service in the Panzerwaffe would ensure that Rolf Hertenstein would work with engines and be a member of an elite branch of the service. He was assigned to the 2nd Panzer Division, commanded by Major General Heinz Guderian. He was part of the armored force that rolled across the Polish border in Sept 1939 and demonstrated the power of Germany`s mechanized tactics. After the lightning campaign of conquest in the 4th Panzer Regiment, he attended officer training school in Wünsdorf. In an interview with World War II Magazine, he discusses his days with the Panzerwaffe and the Wehrmacht`s first victories.
(historynet)

My Interview with top Nazi Hermann Göring
Special Correspondent Ernst Michel, Auschwitz number 104995, covered the Nuremberg trials. Then one day Germann Göring`s lawyer came up to me during a trial recess, and said that Göring wanted to personally meet this Auschwitz prisoner whose articles kept appearing in the paper. The lawyer had me promise that I would not write one line about this meeting. So we went to Göring`s cell and the door opened. Göring smiled, came up to me and wanted to shake my hand. At that moment I suddenly froze. I couldn`t move.
(spiegel)

Hermann Göring interviews surface from National Archives   (Article no longer available from the original source)
When Ken Hechler lucked out of a position as a tank commander and became a war historian, he had no idea he’d come face to face with one of the most powerful men in Nazi Germany. But in 1945, it fell to Major Hechler to conduct interviews with Hermann Göring. The top Nazis were captured in June-July of 1945, and assembled at town of Mondorf. It would be the first time Americans would talk with Nazi leaders face to face about the conduct of the war. Göring, as head of the German air force Luftwaffe and one of Adolf Hitler’s closest associates, was in a unique position to shed light on the Hitler’s plans.
(wvgazette)

Interviews with SS Nazi officer who caused the deaths of 2711   (Article no longer available from the original source)
Paul Harker had to keep reminding himself: the old man sitting across the table was a monster. Rolf Otto Schiller did not look like one, and his banter about the weather diverted Harker from compiling the memoirs of a former Nazi SS officer. After the pleasantries Schiller`s demeanor would change. "Where did we leave off? When I ordered the liquidation of the Bialystok ghetto?" Schiller admits helping to implement the "Final Solution" by ordering the deaths of enemies of the Third Reich, and killing many of them himself. Accused of helping to slaughter more than 150,000 people, he was convicted for causing the deaths of 2,711. He served 30 years.
(worldwartwozone.com)

Doctor of Hitler family: Interview With Dr. Eduard Bloch
It was definitely established that Dr. Bloch treated the Hitler family in 1906 and 1907. "As a youth Adolf Hitler was quiet, well-mannered and neatly dressed ... He was tall, sallow, old for his age. He was neither robust nor sickly. Perhaps `frail looking` would best describe him. His eyes - inherited from his mother- were large, melancholy and thoughtful. To a very large extent this boy lived within himself. Klara Hitler adored her son, the youngest of the family. She allowed him his own way wherever possible."
(nizkor)

The Nuremberg Interviews: Psychiatrist`s Conversations with the Defendants
Goldensohn was a prison psychiatrist at the Nuremberg in 1946. While there, he interviewed 33 high-ranking Nazi war criminals. He asked Rudolf Hoess to tell him how many people were executed at Auschwitz. “Hoess: ‘About 2.5 million.’ Goldensohn: ‘What do you think of it?’ Hoess (looking blank and apathetic): ‘I had my personal orders from Heinrich Himmler.’ ‘Did you ever protest?’ ‘I couldn’t do that.’ ‘Don’t you have a mind or opinion of your own?’ ‘Yes, but when Himmler told us something, it was so correct and so natural we just blindly obeyed it.’
(jsf)

Hearts of darkness - Perpetrators of the crime tell the story
This is the first documentary about the Nazi death camp Auschwitz in which the perpetrators of the crime tell the story. One of them, Hans Friedrich, a former member of the 1st SS Infantry Brigade, recalls the moment Ukranian Jews were told to strip and prepare to die. The interviewer asks him what he was thinking as he pulled the trigger of his rifle. "Nothing," he says without hesitation. "I only thought aim carefully so you hit properly. That was my thought."
(Sydney Morning Herald)

Talking to Hitler`s lost tribe - Interviewing former Nazis
The award-winning film-maker Laurence Rees has spent the past 15 years tracking down and interviewing former Nazis. A remarkable photograph hangs on the wall of his office. It shows a convivial outdoor tea party of Magda Goebbels, her husband Josef, and inconspicuously in a corner, Adolf Hitler himself, taking tea and staring. He has almost certainly interviewed more former Nazis than any other Briton alive. It has been his quest for the past 15 years to track them down and persuade them to talk on camera with extraordinary and sometimes appalling frankness, in an attempt to understand what persuaded them to do what they did.
(guardian)

1994 interview with Luftwaffe General and Ace Pilot Adolf Galland
When historians talk about pilots and the history of air combat, certain names come up sooner or later: Manfred von Richthofen, Erich Hartmann... and Adolf Galland. Galland was the youngest general grade officer of either side in World War II, and at age 29 he was more skilled in aerial combat, strategy and tactics than many of the experts almost twice his age. A holder of the Knight`s Cross with Oak Leaves, Swords and Diamonds, Galland died in 1995. --- Galland: After one year of training as a commercial pilot I was strongly "invited" to join the "Black Air Force" (the undercover air force Germany was training prior to Adolf Hitler`s rise to power).
(historynet)